If you consider yourself to be a true Moog nerd, we suggest you read this one while no one is around because you might come upon an uncontrollable urge to shriek or start involuntarily salivating, as the legendary Asheville-based company has announced the release of a free controller plug-in to use with its MF-105M MIDI MuRF pedal. Read more »
Austin, TX-based solo artist Stefanie Franciotti (a.k.a. Sleep ∞ Over) continues to blow us away with the latest tune to surface from her forthcoming Forever LP. Before Hippos in Tanks drops that record, we can indulge in the spectral beauty of Franciotti's shadowy pop inclinations, which is showcased in full effect on "Romance Streams." Sleep ∞ Over surrounds her blown-out drum beats and thick bass tones with starlit synth melodies, angelic coos, and a thick layer of warbling tape hiss to give her new single a distinct otherworldly vibe throughout; it's like a lullaby from a place without daytime. Needless to say, we're excited to hear the rest of Forever when it's released on September 27.
As if the release of his stellar DJ-Kicks mix compilation wasn't enough to satiate fans of Motor City Drum Ensemble, the German producer has lined up an all-star remix package for "L.O.V.E.," the only new original MCDE production on the album. Read more »
Bay Area blog-cum-label Mapzzz—which is, incidentally, co-run by XLR8R scribe Glenn Jackson—just released a new batch of tunes as part of its ongoing series of free EPs, this time from RaveDeep (a.k.a. Dave Reep, the man also behind Elephant & Castle). The prolific Oakland-based producer starts off his three-song Mapzzz EP12 with the woozy sparkle of "Wonders," a bass-heavy track that straddles the line between amorphous ambient music and loosely crafted house. Reep goes on to further explore eclectic genre pairings throughout the rest of his EP, all of which you can grab as a free download here.
If we've learned one thing lately, it's that UK pop duo Alpines has great taste in remixers. First, we heard a shimmering version of "Cocoon" from London's xxxy, and now we have deep, pulsating remix of the same tune by Maya Jane Coles (pictured above), who produces this one under the moniker Nocturnal Sunshine. The UK tunesmith mixes a dash of dark techno vibes into her dubwise track for a slick production that skirts simple categorization at nearly every turn.
For a 22-year-old, Briton Chris Ward, the lone soul behind Tropics, has absorbed his fair share of music made before he was even thought of. On Mouves, his second EP, a four-tracker for Planet Mu, Ward's brand of gauzy, post-rocky electronic pop looks clearly in the direction of vintage Factory Records—"Celebrate" lightly mimics Durutti Column's gorgeous guitar runs, while the title track harks back to The Wake's gentle, but synth-heavy post-punk vibes. Read more »
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